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New Zealand gearing up for Pakistan Test challenge, says Tim Southee | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Newly appointed New Zealand captain Tim Southee expects Pakistan to bounce back from a 3-0 home Test series whitewash at the hands of an aggressive England team, saying on Sunday that his men would find their own way to defeat the wounded hosts.England handed Pakistan their first-ever 3-0 home Test whitewash earlier this week, enhancing the reputation of their newly adopted ultra-aggressive style of Test cricket -- coined "Bazball" after the nickname of head coach Brendon McCullum.The Kiwis take on Pakistan in the first match of a two-match series in Karachi on Monday.Southee described England's win as "impressive and incredible", but said his team would find their own strategy to take on Pakistan."I think England played an incredible style of cricket and to come over here and ...
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It would be great if Rehan Ahmed is picked in IPL auction: Brendon McCullum | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: England red-ball coach Brendon McCullum says it would be "awesome" if leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed bags an IPL deal following his stellar Test debut and he would want the the teenager to play as much franchise cricket as possible.The 18-year-old Ahmed became the youngest to take a five wicket haul on Test debut as he claimed the impressive figures of (5/48) against Pakistan on day three in the third Test here.Ahmed, who already has a deal to play in the inaugural ILT20 in the UAE in January and February, has entered the IPL auction, to be held in Kochi on Friday, with a base price of Rs 40 lakh."It would be great if he got picked up at the IPL. It would be awesome if he did," McCullum told BBC's Test Match Special on Tuesday."Why not give him that opportunity to rub shoulders with o...
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It would be great if Rehan is picked in IPL auction, says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum. File Photo | Photo Credit: Reuters England red-ball coach Brendon McCullum says it would be "awesome" if leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed bags an IPL deal following his stellar Test debut and he would want the the teenager to play as much franchise cricket as possible. The 18-year-old Ahmed became the youngest to take a five wicket haul on Test debut as he claimed the impressive figures of (5/48) against Pakistan on day three in the third Test here. Ahmed, who already has a deal to play in the inaugural ILT20 in the UAE in January and February, has entered the IPL auction, to be held in Kochi on Friday, with a base price of ₹40 lakh. "It would be great if he got picked up at the IPL. It would be awesome if he did," McCullum told BBC's Test Match Special on Tuesday. "Why not g...
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Removing fear of failure has helped England: Brendon McCullum | Cricket News – Times of India

England head coach Brendon McCullum said removing the fear of failure has helped the talent in his team come through after they became the first Test side to complete a 3-0 whitewash in Pakistan on Tuesday. England comfortably chased a target of 167 to win the third and final match in Karachi, adding to their wins in Rawalpindi and Multan. The high-risk high-reward approach that has brought England nine wins from 10 Tests has been dubbed 'Bazball' in a nod to McCullum's style but the New Zealander shifted the credit to new captain Ben Stokes. "The side is very much in the image of the skipper," McCullum told Sky Sports. "He wants the guys to go out there and play with as much freedom as they can. "He has identified that taking away that pressure and fear of failure allows the talent to ...
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Beating Pakistan on home turf is ‘massive’, says England skipper Ben Stokes | Cricket News – Times of India

MULTAN: Skipper Ben Stokes hailed England's Test series win in Pakistan Monday as "massive", as the team's new-found aggressive approach continues to pay dividends. England beat Pakistan by 26 runs in the second Test -- following their 74-run victory in the first encounter in Rawalpindi -- to wrap up the series even before this week's final match in Karachi. Both games came on the back of aggressive batting dubbed "Bazball", after the nickname of new coach Brendon "Baz" McCullum who has transformed the team since taking over in May. The victory gives England their eighth win in the nine Tests since McCullum and Stokes took charge. It is also England's third series win in Pakistan, although they have not toured there in 17 years because of security fears. "Not for one minute are we going...
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Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian batsman to hit 500 sixes in international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday became the first Indian cricketer to whack 500 sixes in international cricket. Overall, the swashbuckling opener is the second in the world to achieve this milestone. Rohit achieved the milestone during India's second ODI match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, which Bangladesh won by 5 runs. Rohit, who sustained a thumb injury while fielding at slips, came to bat at number nine and smashed an unbeaten 51 off just 28 balls, at a strike rate of 182.14. His knock was studded with three fours and five sixes. With 5 sixes in the 2nd ODI vs Bangladesh, Rohit's six-hitting tally in international cricket is now 502. West Indies monstrous hitter Chris Gayle is on top of the chart with 553 maximums (in 483 matches). Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afrid...
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The McCullum-Stokes way: No going back to the drawing board

The fearless strategy adopted by England skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum paid dividends against Pakistan in the first Test at Rawalpindi on Monday. | Photo Credit: MATTHEW LEWIS It would have been fitting had Ben Stokes been named Player-of-the-Match. For his captaincy alone. As the sun was setting, England won a Test in Pakistan while suggesting the sun might be rising afresh on Test matches in general. Test cricket is serious business, but the way to succeed is to play it in a fun way.England kept to their new philosophy, scoring at 6.5 runs an over in the first innings and 7.36 in the second. Cricket is a game of time and space. And by scoring at that rate, England gave themselves both, allowing the bowlers enough time to bowl Pakistan out and the fielders enough space...
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Rawalpindi among England’s greatest away triumphs, says Ben Stokes | Cricket News – Times of India

RAWALPINDI (Pakistan): England's 74-run victory over Pakistan on a lifeless Rawalpindi track will rank among their greatest Test victories away from home, captain Ben Stokes said on Monday. England pulled off a memorable victory in fading light and barely 10 minutes before the close of play to reward Stokes's bold declaration on Sunday. Chasing 343 for an improbable victory, a dogged Pakistan nearly snatched a draw but pace bowlers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson produced a reverse-swing masterclass to deny them. "It's a great place to be, and I think it's up there with one of England's greatest away Test match wins," Stokes said at the presentation ceremony. "Jimmy Anderson said he was feeling very emotional trying to keep himself together. "Having a bloke who's played nearly 180 Tes...
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James Anderson seeking life from dead Pakistan wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

RAWALPINDI (Pakistan): Wily pace bowler James Anderson vowed on Tuesday to continue the aggressive style England have adopted recently despite the likelihood of bowling on unresponsive pitches for the Test series against Pakistan. Anderson is the only survivor of England's last series in Pakistan -- in 2005 -- and while he didn't play then, the 40-year-old will spearhead England's attack in the first Test starting Thursday. Asked what his target would be on low and slow pitches, Anderson replied: "Taking wickets". Despite his age, Anderson has been the key to England's six wins from seven under the new leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. "The introduction of Ben as captain and Brendon as coach has also helped in terms of thinking outside the box," said Anderson "In terms of f...
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Rehan Ahmed is special talent… Told him forget skin-fold test, come for breakfast: McCullum

England Test team coach Brendon McCullum feels that the young leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed is a “special talent” and seems “really confident.” 18-year-old legspinning allrounder Rehan Ahmed is in England’s Test squad for their Pakistan tour. “This morning he was downstairs, doing his skin fold test and I said ‘ah bugger that let’s go and have some breakfast instead,’” Brendon McCullum told The Telegraph in an interview. “And anyway, I was sitting there at breakfast and I said, ‘What are you into outside of cricket?’ He said ‘cricket’ and I said, ‘What’s your passion? What are the things which really drive you? And he said ‘cricket’. What about school? And he said ‘well, I left school early because they just wanted to tell me what to do. And all I wanted to do was play cricket.’” Ahmed is kn...
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Ben Stokes the Test skipper can learn from his recent T20 success: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell feels Ben Stokes the Test captain has plenty to learn from his match-winning performances in the T20 World Cup. Stokes showed his big match prowess once again with a fighting unbeaten half-century in the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan. His innings in the 2019 ODI World Cup final and the Ashes Test in the same year have become part of cricketing folklore. In his column for ESPNcricinfo, Chappell wrote what Stokes the captain as well as the batter can learn from his recent T20 success. "Stokes has an enviable record of performing at his best when the stakes are highest. He has done it in crucial Tests and one-day matches and now he has achieved that remarkable feat in T20 cricket. It's no wonder England captain Jos Buttler demanded h...
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Anil Kumble calls for separate Indian teams in Test and white-ball cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble feels having totally different squads in limited overs and Test format is the way forward for the country in international cricket. England's roaring success in ODIs and T20Is has ignited the debate for different teams and coaches in white and red ball cricket. "Definitely, you need separate teams. You need, certainly, T20 specialists. I think what this English team has shown and even the last (T20) World Cup champions Australia have shown is that you need to invest in a lot of allrounders. Look at the batting order," Kumble told ESPNcricinfo. "Today Liam Livingstone is batting at No. 7. No other team has a No. 7 of the quality of Livingstone. (Marcus) Stoinis walks in at No. 6 (for Australia). That's the kind of team you have to bui...
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ECB announce England squad for Test series in Pakistan: Liam Livingstone, Keaton Jennings and Surrey’s Jacks called upon

England on Wednesday announced their 15-man squad to tour Pakistan in December as a part of three match test series. Left-handed opening batsman Keaton Jennings, white-ball regular Liam Livingstone and Surrey’s Jacks(23) have been called upon for their services.Veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad has taken paternity leave. Mark Wood is all set to make his comeback after missing the entire home summer through injury. Wood played his last test in March this year against West Indies. An exciting, 15-strong squad for our Test series in Pakistan in December! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #ENGvPAK 🇵🇰 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 12, 2022 ECB Managing Director for England Men’s Cricket, Rob Key, said “The selectors have picked a squad for the conditions we can expect in Pakistan. There is a strong blen...
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Moeen Ali closes the door on England Test return | Cricket News – Times of India

England all-rounder Moeen Ali said he has closed the door on a return to Test cricket after having an "honest" conversation with coach Brendon McCullum. Moeen made his Test debut in 2014 and went on to score 2,914 runs in 64 Tests at an average of 28.29, picking up 195 wickets. The 35-year-old announced his retirement from the longest format of the game in September last year but in June said McCullum had sounded him out about a potential red-ball return. England's Test side next play a three-match series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi in December but Moeen said he would not be with them. "I've had an honest chat with Baz (McCullum) and I can't see myself being stuck in hotels for another month and playing to the best of my ability," Moeen wrote in his column for the...
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England’s Root keen to see ‘Bazball’ succeed abroad

England’s aggressive approach to test cricket under skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum has paid rich dividends at home and batsman Joe Root is keen to see how it fares abroad in different conditions. Casting aside caution and taking the game to the bowlers in an approach that has been dubbed ‘Bazball’, England have chased down intimidating targets with fearless batting to win six of their last seven tests, all on home soil. They next visit Pakistan for a three-test series in December followed by two tests in New Zealand in February and Root told Sky Sports he hoped England would go from strength to strength with their attacking brand of cricket. “The challenge for us now is to keep going for it, keep trying to explore new areas in the format and see how far we can take i...
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Andrew Strauss says ‘status quo’ no option as he unveils English cricket reform plan | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Andrew Strauss has insisted "the status quo is not an option" as he called on county chiefs to back his reform plan for English cricket which includes cutting the number of first-class Championship matches. Former England captain Strauss has spent the last six months overseeing a high performance review for the England and Wales Cricket Board, launched following the men's Test team's humiliating 2021/22 Ashes series loss in Australia. His panel have come up with 17 recommendations, 15 of which already have the required backing. But two of the most significant changes needed the support of at least 12 of the 18 first-class counties. Strauss is adamant a reduction from 14 Championship matches per team to 10 is needed. His panel are also urging the adoption of a six-team top divisi...
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Ben Stokes vows no let-up in England’s attacking approach after series win against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Ben Stokes vowed England would keep up their bold approach to Test cricket under coach Brendon McCullum after wrapping up a 2-1 series win over South Africa at the Oval on Monday. The match was shortened to three days after the first day was washed out and the second scrapped following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. But England still needed less than half an hour to seal victory by nine wickets in front of a sparse crowd in London. "This game here, with it being shortened, our main aim was it ending in a result," England captain Stokes told Sky Sports. "We felt we owed it to ourselves, we owed it to the nation who have shown their support throughout this whole summer towards us and we will always continue to play in a way that we feel is going to entertain people and always lo...
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England wrap up nine-wicket win over SA, seals Test series 2-1

England returned to the Oval on Monday to speedily knock off the 33 runs required to win the deciding third test against South Africa, completing a sweep of series victories this summer in a successful start to the new era under captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum. Resuming on 97-0 chasing 130 to win on Day 5, England took barely 25 minutes to seal a nine-wicket victory, finishing on 130-1. That clinched the series 2-1, to go with England’s 3-0 win over world test champion New Zealand in June and its victory in a one-off test against India in July. Against the Proteas, the English had to come from behind in the series after losing the first test at Lord’s and they moved into an almost insurmountable position on Sunday, when bad light stopped play with the hosts on the brink — ...
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2nd Test: Clash between ‘Bazball’ and South African seamers sets up intriguing showdown | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Despite suffering an innings defeat in the opening match, England do not plan to deviate from their new attacking approach when they host South Africa in the second Test at Old Trafford from Thursday. England will be hoping the toss and conditions go their way after being on the backfoot from the start of the first Test at Lord's and eventually capitulating inside three days. They were undone by an impressive South African attack with four seamers rolling over the English batting order and spinner Keshav Maharaj taking a couple of wickets at the top of the innings to boot. But both England captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum insist they should continue to attack the bowling, casting aside caution and looking to take the game to the bowlers in the new approach dubbe...
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Struggling Zak Crawley likely to retain place after Brendon McCullum backing | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: England are likely to persist with opener Zak Crawley in the second Test against South Africa after coach Brendon McCullum threw his weight behind the struggling opener. Crawley managed scores of nine and 13 in the series opener at Lord's, in which South Africa triumphed inside three days by an innings and 12 runs. The 24-year-old, who averages 26 after 26 Tests, is now without a half-century in his last 14 innings, which has prompted calls for him to be dropped. McCullum dismissed suggestions that the Kent batsman could benefit from a break. "That's not how I think," McCullum, whose coaching philosophy, dubbed 'Bazball', includes steadfast backing of the players, was quoted as saying by the BBC. "We want to keep giving guys opportunities, then their skill and talent can come ou...